What is the Hineni Learning Tool?


Hineni is a unique, interactive, web-based tool that gives users a simple, ergonomic, and fast way to get information about Jewish death practices. The word, Hineni, is the transliteration of a Hebrew phrase used in the Torah, meaning "Here I am." It was chosen to indicate this tool is here to give succinct, direct answers to everyone quickly and easily.

Hineni is intended to be used by various audiences, starting with (1) with those who directly serve families (funeral directors, cemetery workers, hospice personnel, Jewish clergy, chaplains, death doulas, and hospital personnel, who want to learn more to be better able to serve Jewish families and who want to assist families in making end-of-life decisions), and (2) families facing death of a loved one who wish to learn more about our traditions.

We also envision community leaders using this tool as they prepare drashot for services, lectures, or classes, along with Chevrah Kadisha workers who want to expand their abilities to share these practices with their community. Additional possible users could include bnei mitzvot classes and their teachers, chevrah leaders, chevrah volunteers, local education champions,  Jewish community lay leaders, Jewish and non-Jewish clergy, JADE helpline responders, and synagogue caring committee members.

Acknowledgements
The Hineni tool was developed by the JADE staff as a part of ongoing community educational efforts to find the best ways to disseminate and share knowledge about Jewish end-of-life practices, rites, customs, and traditions. An acknowledgement of the contribution of our staff is shown below.

Concept:

Rick Light

Prototype:

Rick Light

Coordination:

Isabel Knight

Content:

HollyBlue Hawkins, Rick Light

Editing:

Rick Light, David Zinner

Marketing

Isabel Knight, Susan Kramer

Implementation:

Hineni

A TOOL FROM JADE

Welcome! We provide information about traditional Jewish death practices.
 
Hineni is Hebrew for “Here I am.” This comes from the Torah (Exodus 3:4), where Moses replies to God that he is present and listening. It is used here to indicate this tool is available at all times to help.
 

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